Tsubame Gaeshi


Shot Type
Slice Forehand
Offensive, Defensive

The user utilizes the opponent's topspin by returning the ball with an extreme slice that doubles the amount of spin. The slice combines with the topspin and causes the ball to dip toward the ground and continue rolling across the court without a bounce.

Ways to Counter itEdit

  • Tsubame Gaeshi can still be returned if it is hit before it touches the ground, which only a handful of players have succeeded in doing.
  • It can be sealed when an opponent can hit "sinkers", which are balls without spin. Fuji can still hit an incomplete Tsubame Gaeshi by rolling the ball with his racket, adding some spin to hit a heavy slice, but it is not complete, as the ball does not have enough spin to roll across the court, and will still have a slight bounce.
  • Also, If the player is able to use extreme levels of speed to reach the baseline before the ball arrives so they can return it. Shown by Rin Hirakoba as he uses his Shukuchihō.


In Fuji's match against Tezuka, Fuji uses the Tsubame Gaeshi in a reverse manner, dubbed the reverse Tsubame Gaeshi. Instead of adding backspin to an opponent's shot, Fuji adds extreme topspin to a slice/backspin shot. This also causes the ball to simply roll along the ground, like the original Tsubame Gaeshi, making them impossible to return.



Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • Tsubame Gaeshi (燕返し) is a Judo throw that falls within the seventeen techniques of the Shimmeisho no waza, officially recognised by the Kodokan in 1982.[1] Literally translated as "Swallow Counter", Tsubame gaeshi is the countering of an ashi waza with Deashi harai from the opposite leg. A right-handed Deashi-harai executed by uke, for instance, would be avoided by tori bending his right knee, followed by a left-handed Deashi-harai.
  • However, even before judo, Tsubame Gaeshi is a technique coined by the legendary Kensei Sasaki Kojiro. His favorite technique was both respected and feared throughout feudal Japan. It was called the "Turning Swallow Cut" or Tsubame Gaeshi (燕返し, "Swallow Reversal / Return"), and was so named because it mimicked the motion of a swallow's tail during flight as observed at Kintaibashi Bridge in Iwakuni. This cut was reputedly so quick and precise that it could strike down a bird in mid-flight.

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